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Hosted in 12 cities in Brazil (the tournament kicks off in São Paulo), a country where football is akin to religion, the excitement is set to be tremendous. Brazil has a knack of producing legendary footballers such as Cafu, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Romário, Sócrates, Zico, and the legend that is Pelé.
A five time World Cup Champion, Brazil will try to keep the Cup at home. In the initial group phase, the mighty Brazilians will come up against Croatia, Cameroon and Mexico.
The defending champions, Spain, will be hoping to repeat their 2010 victory by beating the Netherlands to claim the title. The Netherlands, of course, are always a potent force to contend with, while the French, Portuguese and the all time perennial under-achievers on the big stage – the English – can beat the best teams on a good day. Also in contention are the Germans, who will be banking on their efficiency, team spirit and the experience of winning the Cup three times. Continue reading